The main objectives of the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board are to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults at risk within North Lincolnshire.
In North Lincolnshire, the safeguarding partner organisations and the lead representatives are:
- North Lincolnshire Council – Chief Executive
- Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board – Executive Director of Nursing and Quality
- Humberside Police – Chief Constable
The Board aims to promote awareness and understanding of abuse and neglect amongst service users, carers, professionals, care providers and the wider community and works to generate community interest and engagement to ensure that ‘safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’
The three core duties of the Board are to:
- Publish a Strategic Plan for each financial year that sets how it will meet its main objective and what the members will do to achieve this
- Publish an Annual Report detailing what the Board has done during the year to achieve its main objective and implement its Strategic Plan, and what each member has done to implement the strategy
- Conduct any Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act.
North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board has an Independent Chair, Kathy Clark, who is able to constructively challenge and hold to account the partner agencies of the Safeguarding Adults Board, and can also act as a spokesperson for the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board. This arrangement provides reassurance that the Board has some independence from the statutory and other partners.
Independent Chair – Kathy Clark
Kathy has extensive experience working with vulnerable adults, she started working within local government over 40 years ago, as a clerical assistant in South East London. She then trained as a social worker in the 1980’s and worked in three London Boroughs, firstly as a social worker, then progressing to a team leader before being promoted to principal officer.
In 1995 Kathy moved with her young family to York where she raised her two sons whilst working as the Panel manager for the North Yorkshire and York Guardian and Litem Panel, she ensured that independent social work advice was available to family courts, she then went on to join the City of York to lead and manage the adult social care, housing commissioning and policy teams.
Kathy remained a registered social worker until retirement in September 2018.
Prior to retiring she was the Assistant Director for Commissioning and Quality for Health and Adult Services in North Yorkshire County Council, and previously she worked as the Assistant Director of Assessment and Safeguarding Adults in the City of York for four years.
Kathy has brought a wealth of experience to her role with the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board. She also works as a volunteer advocate with a small charity offering general advocacy to older people. In addition Kathy is a school governor, and the Secretary to the national network of Associates of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
Outside of work and her volunteering roles Kathy swims, runs regularly and practices yoga. She enjoys reading and walking, and during the Covid-19 lockdown she has started knitting again – but only simple patterns!